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Announcement (May 29, 2018): Dr. Chandlee Dickey appointed as Chair/Chief, Department of Psychiatry

I am pleased to announce Dr. Chandlee Dickey has been appointed as the Chair/Chief, Department of Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University and its teaching hospitals, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London, effective October 15, 2018 to October 14, 2023.

Dr. Dickey earned her Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies in 1983 from Oberlin College, and MD in 1989 at Washington University School of Medicine. She completed clinical fellowships at Beth Israel Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in neuropsychiatry, and a research fellowship in neuroimaging at the Neuroscience Laboratory, Harvard Medical School. She joined Harvard Medical School as an Instructor in 1993 and is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry. 
Dr. Dickey’s long time research interests are functional, structural, and social cognition and abnormalities in schizotypal personality disorder. She has made significant contributions to this field. She was the first to demonstrate gray matter abnormality in any personality disorder and describe deficits in facial emotional expression and prosody in schizotypal personality disorder. She received funding from private foundations, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and National Institute of Mental Health. In recent years, she has been heavily involved in medical education. 

Dr. Dickey has held several administrative leadership positions and committee memberships. She served as the Director of Neuropsychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital from 1997-2000; the Medical Director, Serious Mental Illness Section at VA Boston Healthcare System from 2008-2010; the Chair of the Research & Development Committee at VA Boston Healthcare System from 2009-2010; and currently is the Training Director for Harvard South Shore Psychiatry Residency. She serves as the Treasurer for the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and is a member of the Steering Committee. 
Dr. Dickey is the recipient of the following honours: the Schizophrenia Young Investigator Travel Award from the International Congress for Schizophrenia Research, NIMH in 1997; the Special Contribution Award (Team) from VA Boston Healthcare System in 2010; the Harvard South Shore Residency Program Mentor of the Year Award in 2014; the 2017 Outstanding Psychiatrist Award for Education from the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society; and induction into the American College of Psychiatrists also in 2017. This year she is being honored by Harvard Medical School through the A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Dickey on her appointment. 

Dr. Michael J. Strong
Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Distinguished University Professor
Arthur J Hudson Chair in ALS Research
Scientist, Robarts Research Institute

Dr. Robin Walker
Integrated Vice President, Medical Affairs and Medical Education
London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London

Announcement (January 2, 2018): Interim Chair/Chief, Psychiatry

The London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Care London and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry are actively engaged in a search for a new Chair/Chief of Psychiatry. While that process is ongoing, and we look forward to a successful recruitment, there are pressing needs for the mental health populations we serve which have been clearly identified. In order to address these issues, and pending Board approval, we are undertaking a collaborative model to the interim leadership of the Department of Psychiatry which will include Dr. Sandra Northcott as Interim Chief of Psychiatry at St. Joseph’s and Drs. Sarah Jarmain and Bill Sischek as Interim Co-Chief’s at LHSC.

Drs. Sarah Jarmain and Sandra Northcott bring considerable physician leadership skill and administrative experience, in addition to the much needed Psychiatry professional content expertise required.  Drs. Jarmain and Northcott will both continue to fulfill their current roles at St. Joseph’s Health Care as they take part in this interim leadership team.  Dr. Bill Sischek has been invited to take an active role in our interim group, bringing previous operational change and optimization experience as a physician leader to the Department of Psychiatry.  Drs. Northcott, Jarmain and Sischek, together with Dr. Raj Harricharan as Vice-Chair of Psychiatry until the Chair role is filled, will work collaboratively to ensure the optimal functioning of the Department of Psychiatry as a whole.

The leadership group looks forward to working with the physicians and staff members of the Mental Health teams as they address the operational issues challenging the Department of Psychiatry.  A first priority will be to meet with the current leaders of the respective programs and services to learn from their experience and expertise, and work collectively to develop the structure and processes that will best support the clinical and departmental operations through this time of transition.

Please join us in welcoming Drs. Jarmain, Northcott, Sischek and Harricharan as they undertake the interim leadership of the Department of Psychiatry.

Thank you,

Dr. Robin Walker

Integrated Vice President, Medical Affairs & Medical Education
London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London

Dr. Michael J. Strong

Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Distinguished University Professor
Arthur J. Hudson Chair in ALS Research
Western University